Join the I Love Estuaries Campaign

Final_FWS CP - credit Steve HillebrandANEP | 12 February 2014

Tell Congress you care about your estuary by tweeting this Valentine’s day!

heart 4 square transparentIn order to demonstrate support for key federal programs that benefit estuaries, and to raise awareness among Congress and the Administration of these programs, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program is joining her sister estuary programs, the Association of National Estuary Programs (ANEP), Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE), and the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA) to celebrate Valentine’s Day through a joint, 3-day “I heart estuaries” campaign. Maintaining federal funding for EPA’s National Estuary Program, and NOAA’s community-based restoration program, and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System has never been more uncertain. Particularly concerning is that high-level budget and deficit deals are not considering local impacts of funding cuts on these programs or the significant support that they garner.

This Valentine’s Day, show Congress and the Administration that there is lots of love for estuaries and that cuts break your heart.

We are encouraging our friends, volunteers, partners, local coastal conservation organizations, stakeholders, friends groups, and advisory boards to tell their members of Congress why they love their estuary and to ask them to support key federal programs that benefit estuaries. Use Facebook and Twitter (#iheartestuaries) to communicate your message to your congressional representatives, educate them about the importance of estuaries, and demonstrate your support for federal programs that benefit estuaries.

Twitter Campaign

Send one of these tweets, or one of your own.

  • 30 jobs created per $1 million invested in habitat restoration #iheartestuaries @SenateApprops @HouseAppropsGOP Click to tweet this!
  • $1 invested in enviro restoration creates $4 econ value by enhancing tourism/fishing #iheartestuaries @SenateApprops @HouseAppropsGOP Click to tweet this!
  • Coastal Restoration: Good for the environment, good for the economy #iheartestuaries @SenatorBarb @SenShelbyPress @RepHalRogers @NitaLowey Click to tweet this!
  • 2/3 of fish & shellfish we eat spend some part of their lives in an estuary #iheartestuaries @SenateApprops @HouseAppropsGOP Click to tweet this!
  • Our coastal counties provide >50% of our national GDP #iheartestuaries @SenateApprops @HouseAppropsGOP Click to tweet this!
  • Over half the US population lives along the coast which is <20% of contiguous US landmass! #iheartestuaries @SenateApprops @HouseAppropsGOP Click to tweet this!
  • 1 out of 6 jobs in America is marine-related #iheartestuaries @SenateApprops @HouseAppropsGOP Click to tweet this!
  • Estuaries support 2/3 of all commercial seafood #iheartestuaries @CommerceSec @NOAAHabitat @SenateApprops @HouseAppropsGOP Click to tweet this!

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